Freelance Producer and Fixer in Turkey
Zeynep Bilginsoy is a freelance producer and fixer based in Istanbul, covering Turkey and the region for international clients.
Freelance producer and fixer in Turkey — selected work
“My body is here but my soul is still there.” Abduweli Ayup is a Uighur and teacher from Xinjiang, China. He says Chinese authorities wrongly accused him of terrorism and tortured him in prison. 101 East follows the Uighurs' quest for a safe place to call home.
As Turkey holds local elections this weekend, its economy is in recession, inflation stands at 20% and the Turkish lira has plummeted. It all poses the biggest threat to President Erdogan in his sixteen years in power.
China’s Uighur minority live a dystopian nightmare of constant surveillance and brutal policing. The Uighurs' plight has largely been kept hidden from the world, thanks to China’s aggressive attempts to suppress the story at all costs.
In der Türkei platzen die Gefängnisse aus allen Nähten. Offiziell sind sie zu über 110 Prozent belegt. Die Regierung will darum in den nächsten fünf Jahren mehr als 100’000 neue Plätze hinter Gittern schaffen.
In SBS’s most ambitious television event to date, Go Back To Where You Came From Live will take the pulse of the evolving global refugee crisis in real time.
VICE News travelled to Istanbul to cover the unfolding story that has captured the world’s attention, and raised many difficult questions for Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince.
Terwijl hun moeder in Turkije een celstraf uitzit voor IS-lidmaatschap, wonen twee kinderen er in een appartement dat hun Limburgse grootmoeder huurt. De procedure om hen naar ons land over te brengen, verloopt moeizaam.
A World in Disarray, a VICE special report, is a feature-length documentary that explores the disorder in today’s international landscape and how it plays out in four regions of conflict and tension.
Beaten by his brother because of his sexual orientation while growing up in Iran, Ramtin Zigorat's greatest wish is to wake up one day and to not have to look over his shoulder.
In this outstanding investigation, journalist Murad Batal Shishani uncovers the clandestine international network of Russian assassins dispatched by the Kremlin to liquidate Russia's enemies abroad.
Piece for BBC News at Ten, Jan. 3, 2017, on the continued hunt for the attacker who killed 39 people in Istanbul's Reina nightclub.
As the Islamic State group said it was behind the Istanbul New Year's Eve attack, the Turkish authorities say they've detained 8 people. Stories are emerging of those caught up in the massacre. Piece for BBC 1 early evening news, Jan. 2, 2017.
Many now being rounded up in the post-coup purge say those in power never complained of Gulen's influence when they were using it for their own means.But the purge has spread beyond suspected "Gulenists".
It has been one month since the attempted coup in Turkey, when military officers tried to take control of the country with tanks, rockets and aircraft. The uprising was crushed but tens of thousands of people have been detained or dismissed under a state of emergency.
Turkey's deputy prime minister has described as "the tip of the iceberg" the infiltration of state institutions by the group the government blames for last Friday's failed coup. Nurettin Canikli told the BBC that the number of arrests could grow.
It is two weeks since an attempted coup by rebel soldiers in Turkey that was crushed within hours. Tens of thousands of people have been detained, dismissed or suspended, accused of being followers of the alleged mastermind - the cleric Fethullah Gulen.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now back in control of the Turkish state. Among the country's electorate he has been a polarising figure. Our special correspondent Fergal Keane reports from Istanbul.
The first boats carrying migrants deported from Greece have arrived in Turkey.It is part of a controversial new deal between the EU and Turkey, aimed at easing mass migration to Europe, and discouraging migrants from making dangerous journeys.
Turkey has been promised billions of dollars to help stem the flow of migrants into Europe, but in return Ankara wants help resettling some of them.Mark Lowen reports on the migrants living in abandoned homes on the Turkish coast.
CNN's Becky Anderson interviews Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who tells her that Turkey will not apologize for downing the Russian warplane.
Twin bombings ripped through a peace rally in the Turkish capitol, making it the single deadliest attack in Turkey's modern history. CNN's Arwa Damon reports on the fallout.
Refugees and migrants are scattered all across Lesbos. They wash their clothes on the beach below the crumbling ramparts of a 1,400-year-old castle that once defended Lesbos. But the wave of migrants washing up on these shores display a level of tech savvy coordination that has caught even veteran aid workers by surprise.
On a secluded beach on the Turkish coast, men stand knee-deep in shallow water, loading a group of about 30 people into a black, inflated pontoon boat. The passengers -- refugees and migrants bound for Lesbos -- cram in, a sign of the potential dangers ahead.
The image of a small boy lying lifeless, face down on a beach hasn't deterred other migrants from attempting the same dangerous crossing. Under the cover of darkness, on cold, unpredictable seas, they cram onto boats from Turkey to Greece, toward what they hope will be a better life in Europe.
CNN's Becky Anderson speaks to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the ongoing migrant crisis and why he feels European leaders need to do more.
It wasn't until her 20s that Fethiye Cetin discovered her Armenian ancestry. Her grandmother, 90 years old at the time, told Cetin that her real name was Heranus. Like many other survivors of 1915, Heranus assimilated and kept her identity hidden. Many feared a repeat of the horrors they witnessed and barely escaped.
The photographs released by ISIS in its stronghold of Raqqa are dated March 2015. Their victim is thrown off the building and brutally killed because he was accused of being gay. There are at least half a dozen documented cases of men being similarly killed by ISIS. What's even more sickening for Nour, a gay Syrian man, is the onlookers' reaction.
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson during his campaign for the presidential elections, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the situation in Gaza, calling it a “genocide by Israel.”